The desired impact is that the CPMH will be widely acknowledged as a key party in the strengthening of expert capacity in mental health policy institutions in Africa and a reliable and respected source of information and knowledge for uptake and utilisation.


  • To build capacity in Africa for public mental health, mental health policy, planning and legislation, through accredited post-graduate teaching programmes
  • To undertake high quality research in the areas of public mental health, mental health policy, services, legislation and human rights
  • To advocate for the inclusion of mental health on health policy and development agendas in Africa
  • To provide advisory services to provincial and national government in African countries, and international health and development agencies, with the goal of strengthening mental health policy and systems.

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Key partners: 

Research Institutions

  • Addis Ababa University (AAU)
  • Centre for Global Mental Health (CGMH)
  • Columbia University
  • Emory University
  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • King’s College London (KCL)
  • University of California (UCLA)
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
  • Makerere University
  • University College London (UCL)
  • University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN)
  • University of Malawi
  • University of Zimbabwe

Non-Governmental Organisations

  • BasicNeeds (including Basic Needs Ghana, Basic Needs Uganda)
  • Healthnet TPO
  • Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
  • Sangath
  • South African Depression & Anxiety Group (SADAG)
  • TPO Nepal

Policy Makers

  • Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
  • Ghana Health Service
  • State Ministry of Health (Madhya Pradesh), India
  • Ministry of Health & Population, Nepal
  • Department of Health, South Africa
  • Ministry of Health, Uganda
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Department for International Development (UKAID)
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • European Union (FP7)
  • National Institute for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Swedish International Development Corporation (SIDA)
Seeking collaboration with: 
Other organizations
Experts by experience/service users
Policy makers
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